Protect Your Smile with Healthy Gums
Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that half of the adults age 30 and older suffer from some form of gum disease.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease – also known as periodontal disease. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on our teeth and along the gum line. The buildup of plaque can cause red and swollen gums, bad breath and gums that bleed easily, and can even turn into tartar. Poor oral hygiene, smoking or chewing tobacco, certain medications are some of the factors that an increase the risk of developing gum disease.
A professional cleaning by your dental care team, along with daily flossing and brushing, can eliminate gingivitis. If left untreated, it may lead to periodontitis, a serious gum infection that can lead to loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth.
Proper oral health care is essential to prevent gum disease and ensure a healthy smile. The American Dental Association recommends the following tips:
- Brush teeth and tongue twice daily
- Floss daily
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings
In addition, use mouthwash to clean in between teeth to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease. If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health care, contact your dental office to schedule an appointment.